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The Expert Weighs In — Mayim Bialik Talks Raising Vegan

by | August 18, 2020

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While best known for her role as the quirky neurobiologist, Amy Farrah Fowler, on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik’s expertise extends far beyond acting. Just like her television counterpart, Bialik holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California Los Angeles. She has written multiple parenting books, with topics ranging from attachment parenting in “Beyond the Sling” through to the physiological and psychological processes involved in growing up in her books, “Girling Up” and “Boying Up.” Not only does she boast an impressive career, but as the mother of two boys and an animal activist, Bialik is Raising Vegan! 

Mayim Bialik Rocking A Vegan Leather Jacket
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Vegan For The Animals

Bialik’s love and compassion for animals began at an early age and eating animals never made much sense to her. “I loved animals so much, but growing up in the 70s and 80s, it wasn’t an option to not eat what my parents put on my plate!” recalled Bialik. She became vegetarian when she went to college and transitioned into veganism from there.

As the ideals and ethics behind a vegan diet have become more widely accepted and understood, veganism has skyrocketed. The community has grown exponentially but Bialik never expected it to change so drastically. “[I] never imagined this would happen!!! So many people are embracing this way of eating and living for the environment, for their health and for the economy,” she said. “It’s so exciting!”

The Intersection Of Veganism And Faith

Veganism has become an extension of her Jewish faith, as the two both impact and inform the other. Judaism is inherently friendly to animals, with Kashrut — being Kosher — vegetarianism is one of the highest forms of observing the body of Jewish religious laws. 

“I believe that the way we eat serves our bodies and our souls by bringing kindness and compassion into every food decision. I love my faith’s respect for animals and I find veganism spiritually very fulfilling.”

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Mayim Bialik On Raising Vegan

Bialik has two sons, Miles and Frederick, both of whom she has raised vegan. While it comes with certain challenges, they have had a wonderful experience and are both compassionate about animals. “We live in a major city and vegan food is everywhere,” said Bialik. With vegan options all around, from major supermarkets to even fast food chains, it is much easier to be a vegan kid now than when she was younger. 

“They still can tend [towards] eating ‘junk’ food, so we still have to watch for that. They have a broad palate and they love showing kindness to animals by not eating them. That’s a joy.” 

While her boys have realized the challenges and pressures that can come with a vegan lifestyle, they have embraced it. “We don’t always get to eat birthday cake at kids’ parties and such, but in Los Angeles, many people are sensitive to dietary restrictions,” said Bialik. “I have explained as they have matured why we eat this way, they don’t seem to resent it — yet!”

Actor, Author, Mother

Mayim Bialik’s scientific background and parenting expertise have both aided and inspired her writing endeavors. “Girling Up” addresses the challenges and social pressures girls often encounter growing up. When it comes to raising confident, informed children — boys or girls — Bialik says it’s of utmost importance to keep the lines of communication open. She advises to “get off your phone and be present with your kids … that building of a relationship will sustain you through all of the hard stuff.”

Mayim Bialik is an accomplished author, actor, mother, and scientist
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Similarly, her most recent release, “Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold, and Brilliant” looks at the process by which adolescents become adults — from an endocrine angle, a general wellness angle, and a psychological angle. “I have two sons and it is a challenge to raise them to be assertive, but not too assertive, sensitive but not overly sensitive — it’s hard raising girls for similar reasons actually,” said Bialik. “Without getting political, it’s also hard when certain political leaders talk about women in certain ways that we don’t want our boys hearing … that’s an extra challenge!”

Advocacy In Action

Bialik’s time and experience as a prime time tv star has given her a broader platform to convey her advocacy for both animal and human rights. “The more ‘reach’ I can have to share my thoughts on being vegan, the better,” said Bialik. “My YouTube channel has a video on why I’m vegan [and it] is one of our most viewed videos with over one million views. [It’s] a blessing to reach a lot of people with how veganism has changed my life.” Mayim Bialik is one of the founding members of a Jewish organization that advocates for the rights of animals. The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute seeks to educate and empower leaders to be a voice for the ethical treatment of animals everywhere. 

Leading By Example

Mayim Bialik has found the most impactful way to communicate her message of advocacy and compassion to be through simply living her life in a way that she can be proud of and that feels good in her soul. Leave out the judgements and opinions unless asked — even when it may be hard to keep your mouth shut! 

When faced with adversity or judgements from others — in regard to veganism or any other personal choices — Bialik’s advice is simple: 

“You know yourself best. You know your kids best. Get educated. Do your research. Pick your battles, and always opt for compassion.”

Mayim Bialik and The Big Bang Theory costar, Jim Parsons
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While The Big Bang Theory officially ended it’s 12-year run last spring, Bialik has a few exciting projects in the works. She is currently producing a new FOX series with Jim Parsons — aka Sheldon Cooper — in which she is also starring. “I am still working on YouTube videos and have a screenplay I am set to direct with Dustin Hoffman, Candice Bergen, Simon Helberg, and Olivia Thirlby — hopefully this summer.” The working title for Bialik’s first film is, As Sick as They Made Us, and is hopefully on track to premier late 2020. 

For Bialik, the future of veganism is clear. As more and more choices become widely available, we’ll see larger companies getting into the vegan alternatives market. “[There will be] less emphasis on dairy and meat as a critical part of our diet,” said Bialik. “Also, more meal programs for children in underserved populations, which [would] provide them with a more diverse diet than what we typically see in these populations. And more and more artisan cheeses, please!”

Fan Favorites of Mayim Bialik!

  • Food: Pickles
  • Color: Black or Blue
  • Animal: Cat, falcon, hairless chihuahua, naked mole rat
  • Band(s)/Musician(s): Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Bob Dylan
  • Movie(s): Gladiator, LOTR, Hobbit
  • Restaurant (both formal and informal): Crossroads, Little Pine, Something Vegan, Loving Hut, Bodhi Bowl (DTLA)
  • Non-profit organization: NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)
  • Things to do: Yoga, nap, cook
  • Way to spend a day off: Yoga, nap, cook, see my kids
  • Beauty products: anything vegan!!!

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